Enlarge / Meme artist’s conception of what’s going on at Valve these days. (credit: Twitter @ItMeIRL)
If there’s one thing we know about online user reviews, it’s that they often bear little resemblance to the actual quality of the product in question.

Today’s evidence: the user reviews section for Dota 2 on Steam, which in recent days has been flooded with people complaining not about Dota 2 directly but about Valve’s refusal to work on Half-Life 3.
PCGamesN was among the first to notice the review bombing this weekend, and the timing of this coordinated online “protest” may seem odd, considering that over 11 years have passed since Half-Life 2: Episode 3 was first announced.
It seems likely that former Valve writer Marc Laidlaw’s recent publication of a “fanfic” potential plotline for Half-Life 3 may have spurred some of the newfound backlash against Valve.

The announcement of a microtransaction-powered Dota 2 card game earlier this month also seems to be spurring at least some of the ire against the company’s priorities.
A few choice quotes from the hundreds of recent negative reviews:
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